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Jonesboro, AR--Ron Smiley Reports

Throwing Away Old Computers Just Got Much Easier

September 14, 2005--Posted at 5:00 pm CDT

 

Jonesboro, AR--We all have something we would love to get rid of.  Often times when that something is electronics it isn’t environmentally safe to send it out with the rest of the garbage.  In fact beginning in 2008 it will be illegal to throw out items like computer monitors, old cell phones, and other electronics in the regular trash.  Now one company is doing something about it, and they are beginning right here in theNatural State.

 

‘It is going to be totally free of charge.’ Arkansas Waste Management Official Robert Hunter says.  ‘It begins August first of this year and goes all the way through August First of 2006.’  He is talking about Project Green-Fed.  The project is being funded by UNICOR.

 

This is how it works.  You place a toll-free phone call to UNICOR.  They send out by way of Fed-Ex a box complete with packing tape where you can then pack up all your old electronic items.  One man’s garbage is another’s treasure and UNICOR plans on recycling the old parts to make new items for local schools who can buy them for cheap.  They also hope to convince major computer and electronic manufacturers to pay up for them to dispose of their goods.

 

‘Now you can track any type of electronic device.’ Hunter told K8News.  ‘Because of that the United States Government is now holding manufacturers and owners responsible for the cost of cleaning up the messes created by these devices.’

 

Hunter points to the destruction on the Gulf Coast as reason enough for responsible recycling of electronics.  Electronic equipment being destroyed along with household chemicals sitting around the home is a key reason for the sludge contaminating local waters.

 

For more information on how you can get one of these boxes sent and picked up at your home or small business you can call toll free 1-866-896-8528.

 

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